Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism

William Pitzer, M.A.

Davidson, NC


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William Pitzer

Bill Pitzer is an illustrator and writer who specializes in visualizing information and creating compelling content for print and online. He has lectured widely on graphics and design, served on the visiting faculty of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and taught seminars at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Kentucky.

Pitzer is the news graphics editor at The Charlotte Observer, where he creates explanatory news graphics for the paper and the web. Bill is also the principal of a free-lance illustration and design studio whose clients include the National Geographic Society, The New York Times, National Park Service, and the Discovery Channel.

Graphics he created for The Observer’s investigative series: “Sold a Nightmare;” were part of an entry that was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Pitzer’s graphics have also won numerous regional, national and international awards, including three Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two first-place National Headliner Awards, and Silver Medals from the Society of News Design and the Malofiej Infographics Competition.

Pitzer holds an M.A. in educational media – new media and Global Education from Appalachian State University. He is an honors graduate of Glenville State College where he earned a B.A. in Secondary Education (art and science).

A native of Charleston, W.Va., Pitzer resides with his wife and two sons in Davidson, N.C. An active thinker and innovator, he is currently engaged in developing new interactive news and information features and prototypes of interactive story forms.

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